Justifying research, basic or otherwise

At AAAS meeting, a panel of neuroscientists weighs in on the value of curiosity-driven investigations

By Laura Sanders, 11:35 AM February 21, 2011

WASHINGTON — A panel of neuroscientists describing their basic research on how the brain works were called out on February 20 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Though the work ranged from preliminary studies on the neural networks of songbirds to how humans recognize their bodies, at some point during each presentation, each scientist made mention of the potential medical benefits of his or her work. At the end of all the presentations, session...

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